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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Oct 21, 2009 9:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Does Anyone Even Listen To This Band?

Actually it was the "no geniuses have NIH grants" comment that stung....

Seriously. I completely agree that it would be interesting to understand the reason behind the popularity of certain shows or years. However simply saying something is overrated does not address that. Additionally since it is all subjective it is very difficult to say who's opinion counts more. I seem to recall that Dick agreed that Cornell and Veneta were overrated, but at the same time I think he called 12-31-78 one of the greatest shows ever! Ratings are in the ears of the beholder and given the vast differences in what we all like we will all rate things differently. For example, my guess is that you think EVERYTHING after '72 is overrated (you don't listen to it, so it seems to be a logical conclusion). Direwolf hates Pigpen so he would likely view '68 as overrated. My point is unless you know everyone's bias, simply calling things overrated is meaningless and it would be sad if people read this stuff and were influenced by it without knowing why. As an analogy, I like to drink wine and there are lots of wine critics to get scores from. I have found that my tastes don't match all of theirs and that for me, it makes no sense to follow certain critics recommendations while others i trust. So consider the source of the rating before considering the rating.

Final point is that overrated does not mean suck. Something can be great and overrated.

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Poster: skies Date: Oct 21, 2009 10:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Why Does Anyone Even Listen To This Band?

Is this Elbow considered a genius ,or is that overrated ? I listen to advice and then decide my tases and opinions ,except abut wines which i don't like anyway .